Selection of Tudor Silver-Gilt Clothes Hooks


A fine selection of silver-gilt clothing hooks from the Tudor period featuring a variety of different shapes and designs. Each accessory features a main, decorative body with a curved hook to the reverse. The rectangular attachment would have been used to attach to clothing and the hook used to hoist up excess material or re-arrange fabric.


Date: Circa 16th century AD
Provenance: From a private Wiltshire jewellery collection; acquired early to mid 1990s; formerly in old private collections.
Condition: Excellent condition
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Clothing hooks and eye fasteners were a popular decorative accessory during the Medieval and Tudor period. The function of the hooks were to hold together garments, to drape up skirts or to simply be used for decorative purposes. Hooks would prevent skirts from getting dirty when outside or were used to display rich fabrics from underneath. These beautiful accessories were also used to fasten collars and gowns without disrupting the patterns featured on the clothing. The rich ornament of the fasteners themselves hints to the preciousness of the garments on which they were attached.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative  Metalwork Techniques

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Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 2000,1108.1

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